FORMER INMATE: MAN ACCUSED OF ARSON WAS BULLIED
Ralph Alfonso said Thursday that he thinks someone must have put Joseph Schreiber up to setting fire Sunday to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce because he isn’t capable of planning such a crime himself. Alfonso said the 32-year-old Schreiber joined the Messianic Jewish congregation he led at the Lawtey Correctional Institution. He said they tried to protect Schreiber because he was frequently bullied. Schreiber served time at Lawtey because of a theft conviction.
GRAND JURY INDICTS FLORIDA MAN OVER ONLINE LGBT THREATS
Court documents filed Thursday show 50-year-old Craig Allen Jungwirth of Orlando is charged with interstate transmission of a threatening communication, which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence. An FBI affidavit says Jungwirth recently posted threats on Facebook against LGBT people in Wilton Manors, Florida, which has a large gay population.
‘CRY-BABY’ ACTRESS KIM MCGUIRE DEAD AT AGE 60
Her husband, Gene Piotrowsky, confirmed his wife’s death Thursday to The Associated Press. Piotrowsky said she died Wednesday at a Naples, Florida, hospital of complications from pneumonia. McGuire acted in several TV shows and films in the 1990s, but was best known playing opposite Johnny Depp in 1990’s “Cry-Baby” as grotesque Mona ‘Hatchet-Face’ Malnorowski, a member of a teenage gang headed by Depp’s character.
FLORIDA A&M PRESIDENT MANGUM STEPS DOWN AFTER EXIT AGREEMENT
The FAMU Board of Trustees approved a separation agreement with Elmira Mangum on Thursday. Mangum agreed to step down immediately. Larry Robinson was approved as an interim President. Under the agreement, Mangum will continue to receive her $425,000 annual salary through March 31.
REPORT: BLACK BEARS ‘ROBUST AND GROWING’ IN FLORIDA
Dr. Joseph Clark of the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Tennessee studied the data collected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in 2015. Clark estimates there are 4,030 bears in Florida, which is lower than the estimate of 4,350 reported in preliminary findings in March.